Mrs. Daphne Rouse Horney, 89, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Born September 30, 1929 to Daphne Owens and Leslie Preston Yelverton in Fountain, NC. After graduating from Farmville High School, Daphne attended Meredith College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was first married to the late Harold Rouse, with whom she raised their three children, Harold Bradley Rouse, Charlotte Rouse Luedtke and Walter David Rouse.
While living in Farmville, she was President of the Junior Women’s Club. Later when her family moved to Kinston, she began a career in residential real estate sales and became President of the Kinston Board of Realtors. In 1976 she moved to Charlotte NC where she continued her career in real estate. It was there she met the late Bob Keegan whom she married in 1980. Together they formed a successful real estate company, Keegan and Company.
After his death she retired in 1992, spending time at a home she built in Blowing Rock and later at the Virginian Golf Club, outside Abingdon Va. and winters in Fort Myers, Fl. Daphne enjoyed taking her grandchildren on trips, playing golf and tennis, following the stock market and picking stocks. Daphne moved to High Point in 2008, residing at Pennybyrn. She and the late Bill Horney of High Point were married in 2012 (when he was 95 and she was 83) and happily together until his death in 2018.
Daphne is survived by Brad and his wife Karen Campbell of Asheville, NC and Walt and his wife Tricia of Lexington, NC; grandchildren, Jonathan Rouse, Stephen Rouse and wife Abby Anderson, Ashley Peters and husband Anthony, and David Rouse; great granddaughter Charlotte Rebecca Peters; sister-in-law, Betty Yelverton; and two nephews and their wives, Charlie and Cindy Yelverton and Mike and Susan Yelverton. Also surviving are the children and families of Bill Horney and Bob Keegan. Daphne was preceded in death by her daughter, Charlotte Luedtke and husband, Frank Luedtke, and her brother, Leslie “Doonie” Yelverton.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 16 at 11:00 AM in the chapel at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Dr., High Point, NC, officiated the Reverend Dr. Jeff Patterson and Reverend Jared Stine. The family will also receive visitors at the church after the service and also at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 109 Penny Road, in Ilderton Hall on Monday April 15 from 5:30 to 6:30.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Meredith College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607 or https://community.meredith.edu/SupportMC or to Pennybyrn at Maryfield, Resident Care Fund, 109 Penny Rd, High Point, NC 27260 or https://www.pennybyrnliving.org/giving-to-pennybyrn/ .
Pennybyrn at Maryfield c/o Resident Care Fund
109 Penny Rd., High Point NC 27260
Meredith College, Office of Institutional Advancement
3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh NC 27607